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Take a quick tour to Ephesus from Istanbul with this short break itinerary. Experience the grandeur of Istanbul and discover wonders of Ottoman and Byzantine architecture. Visit the Temple of Artemis, the ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary located on the Aladag Mountains.

Itinerary:
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Day 1: Arrival Istanbul

Your English-speaking driver will meet and assist you at Istanbul Airport and then escort you to your hotel. Check in to your room and enjoy the afternoon free to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to enjoy the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia. Visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Free time in Grand bazaar with it’s 3,500 shops to end the day and then back to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Half Day Istanbul Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to visit Chora Museum and Underground Cistern. Spend some free time in the Spice Bazaar and enjoy the afternoon free in Istanbul. Return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 : Ephesus Tour

Leave your hotel early in the morning (06.30 a.m.) and transfer to Istanbul airport for 08.00 a.m. flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 09.00 a.m.  and meet your guide to take you to Ephesus (45 minutes drive). First visit the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and then continue to Ephesus, which was a Roman capital and an important center of early Christianity. Lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center where you will see a demonstration of traditional carpet weaving. After lunch you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, located on the Aladag Mountains. The Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with St. John after the death of Jesus Christ and lived there until her death. You will take a 19.20 flight back to Istanbul, arriving around 20.20 and returning to your hotel for overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast, BBQ lunch

Day 5: Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for final departure. End of our services
Meals: Breakfast
What's Included:
  • Meet and greet service by English speaking driver at airport.
  • All transfers by private A/C vehicle.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Istanbul including breakfast.
  • BBQ lunch in Ephesus.
  • Domestic flight tickets. (Istanbul - Izmir - Istanbul)
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned above.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
  • English-speaking tour guide during the tour.
  • Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • All service charges and taxes.
What's Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Turkey entry visa.
  • Any optional tours.
  • Personal Spendings.
  • Tipping.
Prices per Person
  • Ottoman Hotel Park Istanbul or similar
 DOUBLESINGLE
JAN.01 / DEC.31 2015 $ 1300 $ 1355
MAR.01 / OCT.31 2014 $ 1179 $ 1229
  • Please note that single room occupancy is applied for those coming with other and prefer single occupancy.
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Best Time to Visit Turkey
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are typically like the Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Flying to Turkey
Istanbul for comfort and quality – Turkish Airlines & Delta Airlines (Daily and Scheduled Airlines only)
Flying Time
09 hours 30 minutes direct from New York
10 hours direct from Washington
Time Difference
Standard Time = GMT+2 hours
Summer Time = GMT+3 hours
Visas
Required - obtainable an e-Visa online by your credit or debit card before you travel costs $20 or on arrival
Health Requirements
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip includes measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Clothing
Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is secular and modern, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you wear in your country
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